Jan 11, 2015

My Harmonic Convergence Quilt: Simple Tutorial Linked

Convergence is defined as the process or act of converging or coming together of different things, processes, or life forms.

 In nature, it can be the emergence of similar patterns in both human and plant life forms moving along in very different, but still parallel or similar patterns.

The fluidic but still linear pattern seemingly moves along along a horizon point. And in this process, it transforms into unified entity. 

In nature it is often the movement of air upwelling or merging with the movement or downwelling of water and creating a new process in its progression into something else. 

This process in nature is in its essence also the process of the convergence quilt that so many of us have made and loved...or perhaps just always wanted to create as I did!

The term "Harmonic Convergence" actually refers to to the famous globally synchronized meditation events by that name. The Harmonic Convergence which occurred on August 16–17, 1987, and closely coincided with a unique alignment of the planets in our solar system.

Many believed that the unique and rare event thereby created the opportunity for a 'shift' in human conscious. A coming together of  all species as one with recognition of the interrelationship of all of us to one another and to all sentient beings on earth.

It was a beautiful concept, as is that of the design of a 'convergent quilt' pattern.

The concept of a convergence quilt, was made popular Ricky Timms and has been taught by Ricky in many venues. 

But it has, as all quilts and other art forms do, transformed along the way into new forms and variations creating new looks from his own original design and patterns. 

Becoming in that process a true convergence of creativity and creative ideas, colors and patterns.

If you google the images for convergence quilts you will find a multitude of ideas and variations. But a good basic approach to making a convergent quilt of your own can be found at my link below courtesy of the The Star Quilters of Asheville SC

A lovely quilt making idea for gift giving or donation for young and old alike. Babies will be enthralled by its design patterning and the elderly by the interesting complexity.

I just love the entire idea of convergence especially a harmonic one!  I see this quilt pattern as a beautiful variation from many traditional quilts and the beginning perhaps, of the art quilt movement in linear form.

Created from donated bits and pieces that I was given, it turned into a lovely convergence of colors, lines, and patterns sure to entrance the viewer and it certainly didn't matter if my sewing lines were straight or my patterning off as its the harmonic convergence that created the whole. 

And in a month that challenges many of us to readjushe holidays, and to face the challenges that the transition into a new year often brings, it served as the perfect gateway quilt for both endings and beginnings.  And in that process, I created my own Harmonic Convergence!

Making a Convergent Quilt using the basic idea originating with Ricky Timms but explained by quilters and guilds with thiese basic directions and fabric calculations shared below!

Good luck and have fun and may your sense of direction be better than mine 💜

Directions for a Harmonic Convergence Quilt small screenshot of The Star Quilters of Ashville S.C. shown below.

Get a pdf download directly from their site by clicking:


And for the fabric calculator also shown as a small image below, clik here to seeit full size in chart form on their site:


Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey from Alaska to Oregon with thousands of free Quilting, Sewing, and Crafting Patterns and Tutorials. Help change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!


Scrappy quilter said...

Beautiful quilt as always!

quiltmom anna said...

I really love the convergent patterns and have made a series of them that were large enough for a couch quilt. I will see if I can add a photo or two to your comment section on facebook. They are fun to do and not as difficult as they look. Ricky Tims is coming to Edmonton in April and I am still debating whether I am going to take and book a day so that I can see him or else I will go to his evening show. The challenges of balancing my work and play life.. LOL Hugs and happy new Year Michele.. Always, Anna

O'Quilts said...

I am sitting here eating chocolate ice cream right out of the box pondering the purpose of life that I may have missed. Convergence...nice thought, nice quilt

Joyce Carter said...

Very beautiful, Michele! The quilt is done in my favorite colors.

Lynne said...

Love the design of that quilt and the colours you chose, not quite complement aires, works so well.